President Brother William Mann invites students to discuss the impact of current events on the lives of those within the Saint Mary’s community in a series of “listening sessions.” The goal of these sessions is to foster an atmosphere of respect and solidarity in which students can share their experiences and perceptions of events happening around the world and in the United States — how these events affect themselves and others.
“Our university’s mission to awaken, nurture, and empower learners ‘to ethical lives of service and leadership’ impels us to discuss and reflect upon the issues currently shaping and transforming the civic society of which we are members,” said Brother William in his Dec. 1 President’s Update.
Brother William has appointed a task force to lead these discussions on the Winona and Minneapolis campuses. The members are:
- Ann Merchlewitz, executive vice president (chair)
- Alisa Macksey, executive director, First Generation Initiative (College)
- Dr. Esther Peralez, dean, Student Success Center (College)
- Dr. Joseph Tadie, associate professor, Philosophy (College)
- Teresa Taylor, program director, Culturally Responsive Teaching (SGPP)
- Dr. Mary Louise Wise, professor, Counseling and Psychological Services (SGPP)
Students are invited to attend the listening sessions at 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 in the Vlazny Hall lounge.